Center Parcs a step closer

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Developers have signed a multi-million pound deal to build the UK’s newest Center Parcs resort in Bedfordshire this week.

ISG has agreed a £61million contract to build the accommodation element of the holiday village in Warren Wood, Millbrook.

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The venue, known as Center Parcs Woburn Forest, will be the operator’s fifth UK village, with 625 lodges across a 365-acre site. It will open to guests in spring 2014.

Craig Tatton, managing director of ISG’s UK construction division, said: “There has been a great deal of interest in this high-profile development and I’m delighted that ISG has emerged as Center Parcs’ contractor of choice.

“Delivering 625 lodges across such a large site over an accelerated timeframe is a logistically challenging undertaking, especially when you factor in the restricted woodland setting and simultaneous infrastructure development works on site.

“Our extensive experience of off-site construction and just in time delivery solutions will prove critical to the success of this scheme, as will be the adoption of direct learning from our Olympic projects, in terms of waste management implementation and fostering positive behavioural change from our workforce.”

The work is set to take 59 weeks, with a series of two, three and four-bed lodges being built.

Almost 3,000 jobs are to be created by the opening of Center Parcs, including 1,200 for the construction phase. Center Parcs has previously said that the new jobs mostly sourced locally.

As well as the holiday lodges the site will feature a 75-bed hotel and 12 associated spa suites, plus two main centres including indoor sports facilities, swimming pool, restaurants and retail outlets, as well as outdoor sports and leisure facilities and a lake.

Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs,said: “High quality accommodation is a huge part of the Center Parcs experience, so we are delighted to have signed this very important contract with ISG.

“We are looking forward to work commencing on our new lodges later this year.”